Historic Chicago Walking Bar Tour

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Customer Reviews

25 Ratings


Trudy H ·
· Redeemed October 7, 2017
Morgan was great. We learned a lot and had a fun group. Would highly recommend.


Melissa A ·
· Redeemed March 29, 2017
We had an awesome time on our walking tour of Chicago. The guide was friendly, professional, and knowledgable and the food/drink was perfect. I would recommend this tour 100.


Kevin M ·
· Redeemed December 1, 2016
Pawel was an awesome tour guide! He was fun and made history fun. He was full of fun facts and historical details and while I typically am not at all interested in history, I found myself very interested. The wine and beer at the Billy Goat Tavern was blech!, but cheeseburger was great. The other bar stops The Marriott's Rush and the Intercontinental were all very tasty, including the beer and wine. We look forward to taking another Chicago DeTour again when we are back in town.

What You'll Get

Meet your guide inside the Tribune Tower to begin your pub, architecture and entertainment history tour. Start in the heart of Chicago’s legendary Magnificent Mile — or Mag Mile — a slice of Michigan Avenue packed with high-end shopping and landmark buildings, located between the Chicago River and Oak Street. Famous sites including the Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower, the Chicago Water Tower, and Allerton Hotel are found on Mag Mile.

Outside the neo-Gothic style Tribune Tower, note the bricks at the base of the building. In the early 1900s, the eccentric owner of the Chicago Tribune newspaper asked reporters to send rocks from famous buildings around the world; resulting in the display of more than 140 bricks that hail from the Taj Mahal, Westminster Abbey and World Trade Center, among other places.

Continue to the Intercontinental Hotel, where your guide explains its mixture of architectural styles. Marvel at large exterior carvings in Assyrian style; a Moorish-inspired gold dome; and learn about the mysterious motivations behind the exotic ornamentation of this skyscraper.

Visit the original Billy Goat Tavern, a legendary bar that was immortalized in a Saturday Night Live sketch, and is also known as a favorite watering hole of local newspaper reporters.Your guide illustrates the tour with video and photographs on iPads provided for the tour and shared among your group.

As you discover more historic architecture and stop into other bars, you'll learn more about jazz history, Chicago breweries, and the prohibition era's legendary mobsters such as Al Capone, part of Chicago's notorious crime syndicates. Have fun socializing and getting to know your group in a game learning about nightlife and entertainment in the neighborhood during the 1960s to win a prize!

Expect to walk at a leisurely pace, covering a half mile in about 2.5 hours, with plenty of time to stop for drinks and appetizers at three historic bars. Appetizers are included. All guests must choose a beverage for the walking tour and bring cash to cover 2.5 servings of beer ($23), wine ($29), soda ($8) or water ($3).

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Minimum age is 16 years
  • Must bring additional cash to cover 2.5 servings of drinks and server gratuities: beer ($23), wine ($29), soda ($8) or water ($3).
  • A maximum of 8 people per booking
  • Local guide
  • Appetizers
  • Walking tour
  • Shared use of iPads with historic photos and videos

  • Drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point
Argo Tea of Tribune Tower

Departure Time
Sun 4:15pm (March 2 to April 21) Sun 3pm (April 22 to Nov 1)

Mon 5:45pm

Thurs 5:45pm

Fri 5:45pm

Sat 5:45pm

Sat 2pm (April 14 to Nov 3)

2 hours 30 minutes

Return Details
Returns to a block north of the original departure point

Voucher Info
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